Resurrection Rolls Gift Kit

Resurrection Rolls Gift Kit

Resurrection Rolls

One of our favorite family traditions at Easter time is to make Resurrection rolls (AKA Empty Tomb rolls or Easter Buns.)

If you’ve never made them before, it’s so fun! Basically, you wrap a butter and cinnamon-covered marshmallow in a crescent roll. When you cook it, the marshmallow magically disappears, creating an “empty tomb.”

The best part, though, is the Easter story that goes along with each step and process of making the rolls. I love that it is a fun way to remember Christ and the reason we celebrate Easter. 

easter gift resurrection rolls kit

Easter Gift – Resurrection Rolls Kit

This kit is a great way to SHARE this fun Easter tradition with someone else! Sharing these rolls allows you to spread a little bit of the JOY of Easter – with a focus on Christ and the resurrection.

The printable pages include all the tags and directions you need. Put them all together into a bag, box, or basket and present it to someone special.

To make your kit, you will need:

  • A bag, box, basket, or something to put the ingredients in
  • 1 tube roll of crescent rolls
  • 8 marshmallows
  • 2 Tbs butter (I found some small butter sticks that were perfect for adding to the package)
  • 3 Tbs sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • printable tags
resurrection rolls kit

Putting Your Kit Together

Once you have all your ingredients, you’re ready to put your kit together!

  1. Print and cut out tags (cardstock works best for the smaller tags. Plain paper works best for tag #3, which will be wrapped around the crescent rolls.)
  2. Place 8 (or more!) marshmallows in a small bag and tie tag #1 around it.
  3. Mix together 3 TBSP of sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon in a small Ziploc bag. Tie tag #2 around this bag and 2 TBSP (or a small stick) of butter.
  4. For the crescent rolls, use tape to stick the pink (not flowered) end to the rolls, then wrap around and use double-sided tape or a glue stick to attach the flowers. This folds around the tube of rolls easiest if it is printed on paper (not cardstock.)
  5. Attach the “Resurrection Rolls” tag to a bag or box with a glue stick or double-sided tape. Or you can tie it to a bag or basket with a ribbon or twine.
  6. Place all the ingredients, along with tag # 4 into the bag.

* If preferred, simply place all items into the bag with the recipe card, instead of attaching tags to each individual item.

resurrection rolls kit

Who can you share these with?

  • your family
  • your neighbors
  • your ministering sisters
  • your friends …
  • anyone who could use a reminder of the reason we celebrate Easter!

So, print out these little tags, gather up all your ingredients, and having fun putting together and sharing this Easter tradition! 

General Conference Activity Strips

General Conference Activity Strips

I’m always on the lookout for fun Conference activities for my family. Activities that keep us quiet are good. Activities that help us listen are better. But activities that help us ACT and keep Conference in our home after the Conference weekend is over are BEST. And these fun Conference Strips will fit into that category!

These simple strips can be used in so many ways. First of all, print them out, then decide how you’re going to use them! I’ve included the following suggestions, but get creative on how they could best help YOUR family to keep Conference in your home and hearts. And to act on all you’ve heard over the weekend.

general conference apostles strips

General Conference Activity Strips

There are strips for each of the Twelve Apostles, with an extra sheet of President Nelson (since we usually hear from him more often.) There is a sheet of strips with “Sister_____” for you to fill in, and then a sheet with blank lines for you to add the names of additional speakers.

Here are some ways you can use these fun strips:

 

Before Conference:

  • Sometime in the days leading up to Conference, have each family member look up and learn something about each of the Twelve and write it out on their strip. When it’s that speakers turn, it’s fun to read a little bit about them to get to know them better. You could then add their notes of what they teach us on the strip (or on the back.) This is a great FHE to prepare for Conference!
  • Have each person choose an apostle strip and have each person make a guess of what we’ll learn from him on the back. During Conference, they can take their chosen apostle and write notes on the front. When Conference is done, have each person go back and see if their guesses were right!
general conference activity for kids

During Conference:

  • Print a set for each individual family member, or print just one for the whole family to work on together.
  • As each speaker speaks, mark the session (so you can refer to it again later) and then write down your favorite quotes, feelings, thoughts, or what you learned.
  • If you print one set for the whole family, you can divvy them up between everyone. Each person would be responsible for a few speakers.
  • Have the family work on each strip together. Pass each strip around as you listen to the speaker and have everyone add a thought or inspiration they have.
  • Color in the little pictures as you listen, or draw your own on the speakers that aren’t from the Quorum of the Twelve. Bonus – color their ties to match the tie they’re wearing when they speak!

“The greatest blessings of general conference come to us after the conference is over. Remember the pattern recorded frequently in scripture: We gather to hear the words of the Lord and then we return home to live them.”   

-Robert D. Hales

After Conference: 

Listening during Conference is only half the work! The BEST part comes as we apply what we’ve learned once Conference is over.

Elder Robert D. Hales once said, “The greatest blessings of general conference come to us after the conference is over. Remember the pattern recorded frequently in scripture: We gather to hear the words of the Lord and then we return home to live them.”

 

coloring activity for lds general conference

Here’ are some ways you can use these strips to continue to keep Conference in your hearts in the weeks after:

  • You can use these strips for upcoming FHE lessons. Simply choose one, listen / watch or study the talk together and then discuss how you can take action to apply what you’ve learned.
  • Use them as a dinner time discussion. Pull one out and read it over dinner and have a short discussion. What do you remember about the talk? What have you been doing to apply the teachings? What could you do this week to take action on this talk?
  • Have a Sunday devotional. Have each person grab a strip and share. Or have one person be in charge of teaching a short lesson and sharing their testimony about the talk.
  • Make them into a chain. Fold each strip over lengthwise (they are a little fat if you don’t) and then staple them into a chain. Then use this chain in any of the above settings. Pull of a strip each day at dinner, each week at your Sunday devotional or FHE night.
  • Put them in a “Conference basket.” Fold the strips and put them in a basket (or box, jar, bowl, hat, anything that will hold them.) Again, you can pull one out when you do one of the above activities.
  • Search for them. For a fun FHE activity, hide the strips around the room. Everyone has to search for them, then share.
  • Show them off. Choose one each week to display on your fridge or bulletin board. It will act as a reminder to everyone to live what they’ve learned.

p.s. If you’d like to help your family make the most of General Conference, check out my General Conference journals. They are a great way to prepare for Conference, then record your insights and impressions as you listen. The packet also includes an action plan so once Conference is over, you’ll be ready to apply what you’ve heard. And – there’s even a fun, special edition just for the kids.

 

I hope your Conference weekend is full of lots of listening and inspiration.
general conference study guide
kids general conference journal
general conference study guide

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As I Have Loved You – Free Printable Valentine’s Day FHE Lesson

As I Have Loved You – Free Printable Valentine’s Day FHE Lesson

Loving As The Savior Loves

Loving as the Savior does is the essence of the Gospel. This simple 5-Minute FHE lesson is a Family Home Evening lesson that provides discussion questions to help you find ways to show love just as the Savior did.

There’s also a cute printable to help your family find ways to show love to those around them. You can use the printable alone, or simply add in the discussion questions and you’ve got a 5-Minute FHE lesson!

as i have loved you free printable valentines day fhe lesson

5-Minute FHE

What is a 5-Minute FHE?

It’s a simple lesson and printable that takes:

  • Less than 5 minutes to prep. Simply print out the printable and grab a few supplies you likely already have on hand.
  • About 5 minutes to carry out. The lessons are based on discussion questions that can be used with any age. Keep them short and simple for younger children or go into more detail and discussion for older children.
  • A discussion style of learning. Using questions rather than statements allows family members to more readily share their thoughts and feelings. For younger children, you can easily add pictures to the questions to help them visualize and can keep the discussion to just one or two questions you feel are most relevant.
valentines day printable as i have loved your

As I Have Loved You, Love One Another

Song: As I Have Loved You, Primary Songbook, pg. 136

 Discussion:

  • Show some pictures of Christ serving others from the Gospel Media Library.
  • Read John 13:34
  • How did Jesus show love to others?
  • How does Jesus show love to me?
  • Who can I show love to?
  • What can I do to show love to those around me?
  • Why is it important to show love like Jesus did?
  • How do I feel when I show love to others?
  • When is a time that someone showed love to me? How did I feel?
  • When is a time I showed love to someone else? How did I feel? How did they feel?

(for a discussion that involves a more hands-on activity, cut the question strips above and hide them around the room. Take turns finding them, then reading and discussing!)

Printable:

Think of ways you can show love to people around you. Write down something you will do this week in each of the areas. Color your paper and put it in a place where you can see it to help remind you to love like Jesus this week.

Treat Idea:

Make and decorate heart-shaped cookies. Deliver some extras to someone who can use some love!

May you have a joyful FHE as you learn to act in ways that show love as the Savior does. 

valentines day notes cards mini cards

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valentines day notes cards mini cards
I Love You Because … Free Printable Valentine’s Day Notes

I Love You Because … Free Printable Valentine’s Day Notes

I Love You Because …

Want a cute way to make your special people feel loved this Valentine’s Day – without candy or flowers? Use a cute “I Love You Because…” printable to show them what you love about them! These adorable “I Love You Because …” cards are a fun way to share your heart and spread some love to those you care about.  They are perfect for ministering and  fun to attach to a little gift. Or – make them into an activity to strengthen family relationships.

ministering cards for valentines day free printable i love you because cards

​While candy and flowers (or any other treat) are always fun, there something special about a heartfelt note that express your love. These are especially great for someone who has a “words of affirmation” love language, but just about anyone would appreciate knowing what you love about them!

These are great for:

  • Your children
  • Your spouse
  • Your parents or grandparents
  • Your neighbors
  • Your ministering sisters
  • Your friends
  • Your YW / Primary / Sunday School class
  • Or just about anyone that you love!
what i love about you note card for ministering valentines day
​You can use these as a gift, or make it into a game of family fun. Here are some ways you can use these cute printable I Love you Because strips:

  • Put all the family members’ names in a hat and have everyone pull one out. They can each fill out their strip with things they love about that person. Share them with everyone, or simply give them to each other.
  • Everyone loves mail! Fill them out with all the things you love about Grandma and Grandpa. Stick them in the mail and send them to the Grandparents. (If they live far away, be sure to include photos!)
  • Have everyone sit in a circle, take a card and write their name at the top. Then, have everyone pass the card to the person on the left. Each person looks at the name at the top of the card and writes something they love about that person. Keep passing the cards until they’ve been all the way around. You could do this game as a family, a Young Women’s group, a Primary class, or any other group of people that could benefit from stronger connection.
  • Write down the things you love about your ministering sisters. (Or a best friend, spouse, child, or sibling!) Then, add a homemade treat or other favorite good and drop them off!
  • Use them for a Family Home Evening activity with a lesson about showing love! (And then finish up with making some heart shaped cookies for a treat!)
  • Fill them out for your kids and leave them in fun places they can find them – their backpack, a lunchbox, on the bathroom mirror, in a drawer, or tucked into their favorite book.
  • Post one for each family member on the fridge and everyone can add something to each one throughout the week.

Any way that you use these cute little I Love You Because Valentine’s strips, they are sure to make someone feel loved.

valentines day notes cards mini cards

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Children & Youth Goals Pocket Chart

Children & Youth Goals Pocket Chart

A Great Work

This pocket chart (from March 2020) has been updated with the 2021 theme! You can get the A Great Work version here.

goals tracking chart for children and youth program
children and youth pocket chart

Did you catch the Children and Youth Face to Face with President and Sister Oaks? What an inspirational event this was!

I loved some of the tips and ideas shared. Here are a couple of my favorite takeaways:

  • Take small steps. Take a step even without “knowing.” Then, take a step back and evaluate 
  • Involve the Lord in your plans. Pray for guidance – always
  • Heavenly Father knows who YOU are and wants to help you make the very best person you can be
  • You CAN do this! If you have Heavenly Father’s help, anything is possible
  • Goals help us learn to become what our Heavenly Father wants us to be
  • Go and HAVE FUN! 
children and youth pocket chart

Children and Youth Goals

The videos were a great way to see how families around the world are implementing this program. I loved seeing how youth from all over have started using the Children and Youth program in amazing ways.

When my 10-year-old son got totally excited over one of the ideas shared, I knew that making him something similar was a key to keep him motivated. He loved seeing the video where the family posted their goals on a chart, then removed the completed goals and put them into a pocket.

I used that idea to create a pocket chart for her and he loves what I came up with. I’m sharing a simple but fun printable that you can use with your family, too!

free printable goals chart for children and youth program

Goal Setting Pocket Chart

This is such a simple chart to make – you can easily make one for each family member in just a matter of minutes. You can make them together as an FHE activity. Simply have the kids cut out their own cards before they write their goals on them. There are three parts to the kit:

  • The first page is the main chart. You could simply print on cardstock and post, or you could laminate it. Instead of laminating, I like to simply stick the sheet into a sheet protector. I just cut off the holes on the left side and then insert the cardstock. This is SO much easier (and cheaper!) than lamination, and I don’t even have to run to the copy store. Total win!
  • The second part is the goal cards. These are simply little cards you can cut out for the kids (or for you!) to write down goals on. They are outlined with colors coordinating to each of the 4 goal areas. We stuck these onto the chart with double-sided tape. You could also use sticky back Velcro or simply attach them to the chart with a paper clip. 
  • The last page of this kit is the “pocket” to keep the completed goals in.  Cut out the insert along the lines (I can’t cut straight for anything, so I used a paper cutter to get straight edges.) Simply insert this into a sandwich-sized Ziploc bag and then attach it to the wall near your chart. When a goal is complete, you can just remove the card, take off the tape from the back, and into the pocket it goes.
  • I keep the blank goal cards in the back of the “pocket” so they are close by and ready when it’s time to set a new goal. 

Goal – completed!! Now just grab another card and set a new goal! At the end of the year, it will be so fun to pull the goals out and look back at what my son has accomplished, and I really think it will help him stay motivated to continue setting new goals.

children and youth chart free printable
​It’s been fun to see him excited about setting his own goals and posting them up on his chart. His first goal is in the pocket – planning, shopping for, and cooking dinners for an entire week. (He did amazing!)

Next goal up – conquering the Rubix Cube … This one is a little beyond me – any Rubix Cube experts out there to send some help our way?

 I hope your family finds some JOY today as you work together to set some goals,

Need some help with goal setting?

Check out 50+ Goal Setting Ideas for Primary or 50+ Goal Setting Ideas for Youth.

And then grab one of my Children and Youth Workbooks to walk you through the process!

PRIMARY ages workbook

YOUTH ages workbook

BUNDLE (both versions) 

children and youth journal for lds goal setting program primary children
children and youth lds goal setting program, workbook and journal, bundle pack
lds goal setting binder for youth strive to be program
Printable study guides are for personal, non commercial use only. Feel free to use them in your teaching, but they are otherwise not to be copied, sold, altered, or reproduced.

The LDS ideas and printables shared here are expressly my own and created by My Upside Down Umbrella. They are not created, provided, approved nor endorsed by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Farmhouse Christmas Gift Tags

Farmhouse Christmas Gift Tags

Farmhouse Christmas Gift Tags

I love giving gifts! It’s so much fun thinking about what to give, coming up with just the right thing and then … I love wrapping! It brings me so much joy to package up that perfect gift in a beautiful way and make it look cute and special.

 

 

I also love the cute simplicity of farmhouse style and so I decided to put together some free printable farmhouse Christmas tags.

Simply print and cut out and attach to any gift! The neutral colors make them great for mixing and matching with your favorite papers. Really, the sky’s the limit with what you can do with this cute little tags. They look so cute paired with some kraft paper. And they’re adorable attached to a simple white gift bag. Add some twine, ribbon or bakers twine and you have a beautiful gift all ready to give.  

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